The Hickory Metro Sports Commission’s Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame celebrated the 2017 Scholar Athletes of Excellence during the annual Hall of
Fame Banquet at the Hickory Highland Recreation Center.
Athletic directors or school representatives selected a male and a female finalist from each public and private high school in Catawba County. Many are at the top
of their class, participate in more than one sport and dedicate additional free time to community service.
“How today’s student-athletes find the time to mix academics, athletics and community service is something the Hickory Metro Sports Commission
recognizes as unique and noteworthy,” said Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame Chairman JuJu Phillips. We celebrate their tremendous dedication, hard
work and commitment.”
Award recipients were recognized alongside 2017 Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame inductees. Scholar athletes and their families were also invited to enjoy
dinner and the event’s keynote speaker, Baseball America Editor John Manuel, a former sports reporter for Hickory Daily Record.
Catawba County’s 2017 Scholar Athletes of Excellence include:
Bandys High School – Zeke Kennedy, Cortney McCall
Bunker Hill High School – Seth Miller, Maggie Huffman
Challenger High School – Noah Rudisill, Rachel Engelmann
Fred T. Foard High School – John Kanipe, Cassie Setzer
Hickory Christian Academy – Lance Cook Jr., Deja Powell
Hickory High School – Kaleb Hewitt, Emmaline Peterson
Maiden High School – Caleb Farley, Grace Canella
Newton-Conover High School – Aaron Hamm, Madelyn Becker
St. Stephens High School – Noah Brown, Lauren Morgante
Tabernacle Christian School – David Dume, Brianna Oldham
University Christian High School – Santiago Ramirez-Escobar, Trinity Morrow